* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

1725 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

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Pretty little dot..

Saw it earlier on it's way past. Had to explain to the wife what the bright white dot was and why it was moving so fast.

HP's hoping it'll be second time lucky with launch of Reverb G2 nerd goggles

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That's not always a bad thing.

Just look at the iPhone. Smart phones had been done before, but arriving late meant everyone else had laid the groundwork and with the right product pushed everyone enough to really make a nieche product mainstream.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: At least..

I can think of alot worse things that "they" don't want to happen... And plenty more than just one thing.

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At least..

It's easy to override, obvious to the pilots and whilst confusing not immediately dangerous (unless the pilots fail to take any action and the air space is very crowded with another aircraft loitering around where the plane would turn into).

On top of that as soon as it was reported Bombardier investigated rather than ignore the issue and write it off as pilot error.

Pretty much the polar opposite of what Boeing did...

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties

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The fun of a wireless keyboard...

Is in plugging it into someone else's machine for random inputs and associated hijinks.

But... For £200... For something that lights up like a cheap nightclub? And using switches that I have no chance to test anytime soon....

I think I'll pass.

Beardy Branson’s 747-assisted sat-launcher can’t get it up

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They didn't even get a chance to attempt re-entry.

At least it didn't just blow its load (of fuel) all over the cosmic girl...

Mines the one with the VHS of Barbarella in the pocket.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: $$$

You do get a lot of cpu for the money. Those bad boys are massive and 4 times the core count of the more standard chipage.

But they are also very niche and bragging rights processors.

That said. I'd have one of I could get it past the wife...

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies

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They were lucky...

At least got it back. If there was a certain bald youth in the vicinity (usually with a football or kite) I'm sure it would have been consumed whole.

Mines the one with the peanuts in the pockets.

Bionic eyes to be a thing in the next decade? Possibly. Boffins mark sensor-density breakthrough

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Wonderful development in tech

I can see its got good potential.... But

Does anyone else feel slightly nervous about the idea of having eyes that might need a firmware update?

Just saying..

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

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Re: I drink both and I speak for me

Of the stove tops I've got 3 (a one espresso, a 6 espresso and a 9 espresso sized).

Sadly the 9 has developed a hole in it, the 6 is some IKEA version that never quite got the pressure high enough without burning the coffee first but the one shot works perfectly and has seen more use in the last 2 months than the previous 20 years my wife owned it.

Local roasters along with supplies of Kopi-O are keeping me caffinated and sane through all this current madness.

Tea before bed though. I'll give them all that much.

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Re: I'm with you

If I doesn't leave the cup the same colour as bitumen then it's not trying hard enough.

I recommend Kopi-O from the Far East for this trick. The stuff you can brew is strong enough that the bag can be reused for lesser mortals pallettes. As for me, I take the stuff strong enough to stain the cup, the stainless sink and anything porous within a yard of the cup.

And then when you've drunk it you can hear smells, code in 7 dimensions and achieve harmonic resonance with nearby glassware...

It's great. Though I do wonder if it should be a controlled substance by this point.

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Re: Tea addicts

Must have been double bagging the cups. Typhoo I assume?

It most certainly can't have been Yorkshire tea. That stuffs far too good for such brazen measures.

Mines the one with the Malaysian BOH gold blend in the pockets...

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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Re: Would never have happened in my day

No, even the Buddhists have their extremists too. DKBA and 969 movement being recent notable examples.

FSM is fine though, all good there (so far....)

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

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Go back and read it again...

On your point 3... did the article mention that people said 'Hey Siri' ? No, no it doesn't.

On the flipside, how do you think Siri knows you've said 'Hey Siri' ? It's got to have a live mic to be able to hear the command word. What's happening is this live mic is actively recording and feeding back whatever the mic captures that is not explicitly 'Hey Siri'.

Now, you might be right in that Siri cannot listen without the command word, but that doesn't mean the device containing Siri cannot listen either. It HAS to listen to be able to trigger Siri. One cannot happen without the other.

Now, go back and think more critically over what you've said.

Podcast Addict Play Store ban: Android chief says soz for incorrect removal, developers aren't impressed

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Hey Siri..

Enhance 224 to 176.

Enhance. Stop.

Move in. Stop.

Pull out, track right. Stop.

Center and pull back. Stop.

Track 45 right. Stop. Center and stop.

Enhance 34 to 36.

Pan right or-and pull back. Stop.

Enhance 34 to 46.

Pull back. Wait a minute. Go right. Stop.

Enhance 57 to 19. Track 45 left. Stop.

Enhance 15 to 23.

Gimme a hard copy right there.

Mines the dirty raincoat with the copy of 'Do androids dream of electronic sleep?' in the pocket...

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: violations of the 'User Data Privacy' policy

Which is about as clear as receiving a letter for a traffic violation with a fine.

No mention what rule was broken or how the traffic was violated.

So nothing to give you an idea of just needs remedying nor how to challenge an injust accusation.

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Re: AI is rubbish, developer doesn't read emails?

Having developed stuff to work with adwords, this isn't new behaviour. They've been doing this sort of sudden change with little to no warning for at least a decade.

Yes they'd send emails, but I never once remember receiving one that explicitly warned me that an upcoming change was going to set a bin fire again that would then be my problem to fix again. Even more fun when they drop documenting API calls. That was a fun few weeks trying figure out camelcase/bem/strongly typed APIs with only a vague error response to go on.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Be careful where you..

Point that opinion at..

As for assuming this is aimed purely at the registers usual British readers, I'm pretty confident this is not for them. The site does get its occasional infiltrators from other news agencies or even cited in court rooms and I'm pretty sure it was spelled out before the first US of A based lawsuit was aimed at them or FOX news tried quoting it as fact.

Don't forget, sarcasm is often missed by those with an agenda and taking irony seriously has lead to things like scientology becoming a thing so sometimes it's better to assume the reader is abit lacking and spell things out.

Tales from the crypt-oh: Nvidia accused of concealing $1bn in coin-mining GPU sales as gaming revenue

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If they've sold..

$1b+ of gamer focused hardware, they've sold $1b+ of gamer focused hardware.... If the owners of this product for a segment decide they want to use it only for CAD workstation stuff.. So what? If its bought by millions of people with no intention to game on the hardware, what difference to the bottom line does it make?

As with so many things involving stock markets and shares, everyone forgets that nothing is infinite (save for human greed) and this too shall pass given enough time.

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: Milk consumption?

Our household doubled our milk intake and even then that isn't always enough when milk in quantity is required during cooking/baking.

How do I know it doubled? We get ours from a local dairy, about 3 miles away and we doubled up our daily delivery.

They've actually reported to us current customers that they've seen an increase of trade to the point they're not taking on new customers. Swings and roundabouts for all in this.

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Re: It's probably not actually "bad".

I have a stash of beer in the cellar for just such purposes. So far the oldest I've got is 7 years and counting but of the newer purchases is a beer with a best before date of 2049... Also got some biiiggg 750ml barely wines aged in a Spayside whisky cask which isn't going to see the light of day for at least another decade.

As for some of the other more common beers, shame.. But then John smiths, tetleys and carling always tasted off even when it was in date. Its the smaller guys my heart goes out to (though I've been ordering home delivery beers from local brewers so I've been trying to support the smaller guys).

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam

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Re: Also Microsoft

The register isn't being complicit. They're just reporting on Trumps actions and letting the reader decide.

There's not much bias in the article, it neither condones nor encourages.

If you, dear commentard feel otherwise, then that's on you.

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle

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Re: US Law applies worldwide

Income or profit? Things get decidedly strained when it comes to that point. Especially with regards to taxation.

Which accounts for the GDPR regs just going "buggerit" and stating 'global'.

At least someone is reminding the US of A that it is in fact not the world police despite what it wishes.

(fun fact the states is in a very exclusive club of itself and Somalia as the only countries that demand taxes from earnings made outside of the country. Even if those earnings have already been taxed.)

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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Re: WTF ?!!

The old rubber bullets also used to have issues with the police intentionally firing at the ground so the rubber would then come off the projectile before it ricocheted. Thus making it substantially more unpleasant than before.

And who says the police don't have a sense of humor or fair play..

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Could have been worse.

Could have been one of the Apple hockey Puck mice that came with early iMacs. I still have no idea what possessed them to think it was a practical or comfortable design to use.

That said I recently re-acquired my iMac g3 (it was claimed parts along with others from a job where pay was not forthcoming at one point, got left in storage, given to a friend to convert to a cat carrier and now found its way back though without the original keyboard and mouse).

Lots of retro gaming to be had including a nice Marathon session and Doom on a proper CRT.

Gimp icon because you had to be one to use that sodding mouse.

There's a world out there with a hexagon vortex over its pole packed with hydrocarbon ice crystals. That planet is Saturn

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Re: If this giant nut comes undone ...

* sucks in air through teeth... *

Well, we can get the part to tighten it back down in a month but if you want it sooner you're going to have to pay for express shipping by the million mile. .

Russia admits, yup, the Americans are right: One of our rocket's tanks just disintegrated in Earth's orbit

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Re: Irresponsible?

On an idle pondering, has anybody ever experimented with laser beams on space objects using a satellite in orbit rather than a ground borne lase (like those boffins of an Antipodean nature)?

Seems like we could do with a few space lasers at a very high altitude to give objects the nudge they need to get out of the way or even de-orbit quicker.

Paris - because of Space (will LOHAN ever happen?)

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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No reference to Babage then?

He has a thing for broken windows before he even invented the computer...

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: The full-blown Apple formula

The mouses were an abomination, thankfully you could replace them just fine.

Which reminds me, I meant to collect an old G3 iMac off a friend who was contemplating turning it into a cat box.

Gimp because you had to be one to use the original mouse and keyboard.

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Re: The full-blown Apple formula

In Yorkshire? Must have been in the nicer parts around York or Leeds... In all my schooling in North Yorkshire I never saw a mac other than the rumour of 2 Apple] ['s under the main stage basement in my second, secondary school.

Apparently they had some really good scanners or something but got left since that was pretty much all the staff thought they were good for.

Everything else was BBC micros, Windows 3.1/95, some Acorns in the music labs and a bunch of Gold mono-chrome schneider Euro PC's (which I'd swear was training us to work as spies since we had one of the listening posts up the road).

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Re: Experienced tester.

Fellow developers can get even more creative...

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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Re: A decent keyboard is a decent investment

I've got a QPAD MK-80 which has been rock solid since I bought it (£20 with an AZERTY layout, but I'm a touch typer so key caps layout doesn't matter much). Only gripe is the silicone coating is looking tatty on the palm rest.

Other than that I've got a 16 year old Apple Pro Bluetooth keyboard. Which I've bought spares for because my first one died after my workplace's air-con dripped on it.

Surprisingly once you get used to how stiff the domes are in it, it's a very pleasant keyboard and each one of the domes is individual so can be replaced if required.

That said I still regret not taking home an old dell Alps keyboard from my old place. That thing was truely built to last.

ATLAS flubbed: Comet heading our way takes one look at Earth, self-destructs into house-sized chunks

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Re: It's a decoy

No, just par for the course.

Just when we think an asteroid might come and make some adjustments to the housing market (by removing large amounts of houses) it just fizzles out into tiny* chunks like a disappointing snowball that dissolves upon impact rather than having a satisfactory thunk from the ice core inside.

* tiny on a cosmic scale.. Also depends upon the measure of a house. Any Register measurements bureau standards for a house?

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We've had that argument before...

About all we could agree on was that milk in the teapot was an abomination and anyone who thinks otherwise should be carefully examined in padded rooms whilst wearing fetching straight jackets.

Sometimes one can go a little too far in search of isolation

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That reminds me...

I really should have taken a photo last time I flew KLM on a 777 using the older in-flight entertainment systems. On a couple of flights I managed to get Tux to show up whilst the damn thing rebooted.

The newer ones (that use a decent IPS screen rather than the crap FN screens that just needs the person in front to lower their seat and you couldn't see jack all clearly) I've yet to manage get them crap out. Maybe once the planes age abit more, they might get more susceptible to falling over.

Resistance is futile: Some Cisco security appliances are ticking time bombs of fail thanks to faulty resistors

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No-one's going for the conspiracy theory angle?

This is switchzilla afterall who unlike Huawei who 'may' have installed backdoors for government shady types, Cisco verifiable have installed backdoors for government shady types. Especially since this is a firewall product, what better piece of kits to monitor internal and external traffic?

Or yeah.. Occam's razor and its just crap QA on the kit (more boring though).

Hang on, I think I hear helicopters....

Snapchat domain squatter loses comedy £1m URL sellback attempt

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Re: Trademarks

I wonder if things would have been better if they were just on drugs and decided to mellow out?

Oh...wait.....maybe if they weren't on drugs.. Yeah... That one.

India launches e-government platform for 125,000 villages and drone land surveys to put them on the map

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For the sake of pointing out the obvious

To the down voter, this wasn't in reference to the end-of-times doomsday but instead to the Doomsday book. A work ordered by William the conquer and completed in 1086 to record England for the sake of defence, record keeping, land ownership and taxation. The parallels work perfectly, hence the comment.

FTP is crusty and mostly dead, right? AWS just started supporting it anyway

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Re: It's used because it works

If I remember Notepad++ has a plug in which allowed you to read and write files to FTP servers as if they where local storage. Always a useful bit for when you run everything live rather than ore-compile.

That said, this was good when there's only a couple of you, any more and proper deploy procedures need to be in place for everyone's sanity (and for finger pointing when an enevitable blamestorm happens. Any dev who's not cocked up either hasn't been working long enough, hard enough or is stubborn enough not to notice). The trick is making sure you don't screw up badly.

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra

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Re: The thing about a 1995 Nissan Micra is...

I recently managed to get my Granddads old micra (a hand-me-down for the wife to learn in) that sat on our drive for 3 years working again. Only 3 things wrong with it, fogged headlights, worn track rod end and the clutch is starting to go.

It is the 1ltr model though so needs to be driven with a certain amount of enthusiasm to keep up with local traffic, though as K12 its still apparently worth about as much as an iPhone 11 256gb... I think I'd rather keep the car to be honest.

On the flip side my last car didn't get nicked (handbrake failed violently resulting in it rolling into a wall) as it was an estate but had the tuners choice engine in.... I was gutted when I found out I could have pulled the engine, scraped the rest and still made 5 times what I got in scrap as complete car (Toyota corolla estate 1.6vvti for the bored).

Canada's .ca overlord rolls out free privacy-protecting DNS-over-HTTPS service for folks in Great White North

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Canny Canadian

Canucks cancel common collection concernation. Conserned citizens cannot concent controlling companies, cops. Celebrate

Can competing country computer cads cease compelling cabbalist cajoling?

Internet root keymasters must think they're cursed: First, a dodgy safe. Now, coronavirus upends IANA ceremony

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Re: Drilling?

"that's a click out of 5..."

As much as I enjoy his work, if the lock on the safe has broken enough that the keys no-longer worked, picking it would be pretty much out of the window. Hence the poor bastard having to drill through.

Also he probably bought a brand new drill for it or burned out an earlier drill as I would assume they'd burn out after the first 5 or 10 hours..

News sure to ex-Zeit: Next.js company reborn as Vercel

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Re: Who?

JavaScript, APIs, Markup... Or JAM. It's like the new hip version of LAMP/WAMP, except now it's serverless. Because everything is better when it's serverless.

Icon, because it's the closest I can think of to a craft beer chugging hipster.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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Re: Factually incorrect

How many times in your life did you ever think that smoking might actually turn out to have really been good for you? (at least once you've given up).

Police drone fliers' wings clipped to prevent them bumping into real aircraft

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Re: Give them an inch

On the beer note, if it's in cans then they tend to be metric now (330, 440 and 500ml unless it's an American freedom beer or a traditional beer in a glass bottle).

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Re: Mixed measurements

Surely you can't be serious?

I thought the pilot and Co-pilot ate different meals to avoid just such an occurance?

Are you fixing that switch? Or setting it up as a Minecraft server?

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But.... But!

Can it run Crysis?

I would get coat but I'm already home and they sya I shouldn't leave it.

*shouts onto the street* but doesn't this mean naughty types can deploy naughty Docker servers on these switches then? How updated does it keep the host docker instance? What about the.... *sound of annoyed better half dragging a body further into the house*

Coronavirus lockdown forces UK retailers to shut 382 million square feet of floor space

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That depends on your city...

I live in the suburbs of one the top 10 by population (more so if you include the metropolitan area) and we can still get farmers food delivered to us and I know they even go to the heart of the city.

What I'm surprised I haven't seen more of is good old fashioned mobile grocer's and the like (though we did get visited by a mobile fish mongers which was nice).

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct

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Re: Theory?

Potassium nitrate I can collect from the celler walls, charcoal I've got in bags for the bbq. So it's only sulfur that I'd really struggle with. That said, I won't be able to get much more than 10 grams of potassium nitrate off the walls I reckon, there's only a couple of walls it really collects on.

Cloudflare goes retro with COBOL delivery service. Older coders: Who's laughing now? Turns out we're still vital

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Re: Mindset

Yes indeed, just look at what they did to Saville's concrete grave...


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